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Grades 6-8

Slowing-the-Flow

Activity

Slowing the Flow

All mammals—dogs, sea lions, and even you—have an adaptation for surviving in cold water. Take the plunge, and learn why the mammalian diving reflex is your cold-water friend.

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Activity

Test Density with a Supersaturated Solution

You know that oil and water don't mix, but what about saltwater and freshwater? Find out firsthand with this kid-friendly experiment that examines both salinity and density. 

Curriculum Materials

Ocean Books

Explore the ocean's depths. Make your own diving bird mobile or Treasure Island map. Discover what sharks eat—and how it tastes. And set your mind afloat with these 12 kid-friendly books.

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Activity

Cartesian Diver

In this hands-on experiment, students create a neutrally buoyant "diver" and then observe the effects of increased water pressure.

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Article

Bobwhite Quail Decline in Texas

2003 Young Naturalist Award-winning essay - Why was this 11th-grader from Texas stopping at every mile marker along the road and randomly tossing a hula hoop over his shoulder? To further science, of course! 

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Hands-on Activity

Buried Bones

The next time you have chicken, don't throw out the bones—bury them in plaster of Paris. Then, scrape by scrape, see firsthand the challenges archaeologists face when excavating fossils.

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Activity

Make Your Own Einstein Stationery

Don't just jot down your notes and ideas on plain paper. Showcase them alongside the musings and insights of Albert Einstein with these colorful, ready-to-print PDF stationery files.

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Activity

Journey to the Bottom of the Sea

Did you know sound moves five times faster in water than in air? Or that cleaner fish have "cleaning stations" where they remove parasites? Deepen your knowledge with this ocean life challenge. 

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Activity

Make Your Own Marine Biology Stationery

Hide your notes in seaweed, send a deep-sea snapshot, or let an cockeyed squid deliver your message. Just add your name and address to these colorful stationery files.

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Article

What's the Big Idea About Paleontology?

Most living things never become fossils. And most of the fossils created will never be found. Learn more about these extremely rare—and valuable—records of the past. 

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